Top stories in higher ed for Monday
Lumina Foundation is committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
August 5, 2019
Jamie Merisotis
Private Employer Is Helping to Solve America's Re-Entry Crisis
Emily Mooney, The Free Lance–Star
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Glennisha Dennis never imagined herself interacting with a CEO. As a sales development representative for a global sales and marketing technology company, her position is far from typical for someone serving an eight-year prison sentence.

Dennis is one of about 400 women employed by Televerde while behind bars in Arizona and Indiana. The women are able to gain expertise at a technology company and master the art of closing deals, strategize with clients, and correspond with senior executives, all while serving their sentences.

Their stories demonstrate the potential of public-private partnerships to help incarcerated people find employment and maintain it upon re-entering society.

Jamie Merisotis
Proposed Changes in Admission Requirements at CSU
Courtney Lee, Public Policy Institute of California
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For the first time in more than 15 years, California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) may have different course requirements for admission. 

The goal of the change is to better prepare students for success at CSU and to enable more students to pursue STEM majors once they enter college. But critics cite access and equity concerns, arguing that the changes may disproportionately affect low-income students in districts that are struggling to hire enough math teachers.

Jamie Merisotis
How Can Higher Education Institutions Support Student Veterans?
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
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Student veterans, for the most part, bring a strong work ethic and maturity to the classroom. More than a decade after passage of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, how well are colleges and universities serving these students? 

Retired army colonel and combat veteran Martin Dinan is the director of veteran recruitment and enrollment at the College of Saint Rose. In this interview, he addresses the special needs of student veterans and the role of institutions in providing adequate support.

Jamie Merisotis
Non-Traditional Is the New Traditional: How College Presidents Can Drive Institutional Change
The EvoLLLution
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Community and technical colleges serve as the entry point to postsecondary education for some of America’s most vulnerable populations. Meanwhille, community college leaders have the power to advocate for families and working adults, helping them access upward mobility through education.

Mark Mitsui of Portland Community College reflects on the unique role of community college presidents, the funding challenges they face, and the need to prioritize services and programs for working adult learners.

AP’s Outlook
Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed
Cleary Partnership Offers Free Tuition for Restaurant Employees, Families
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Commentary: Filling California’s Jobs Gap
Cindy L. Miles and Sunita Cooke, Community College Daily
NASFAA Expresses Support for Bill to Help Students Struggling With Hunger
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Colleges Vie for Resources to Address STEM Disparities
Janet Kline, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
With Career-Tech Courses, Students Need to Go Deep
Maureen Downey, Atlanta Journal Constitution
Career and Technical Education Reform Needs More Than Money
Hannah Wing, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
100-Plus Show Up to Grow With Google
Douglas Harding, Huntington Herald Dispatch
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